A vibrant interdisciplinary community of scholars, students, and practitioners dedicated to understanding the moral challenges of our time and creating scholarly frameworks, policy, and practice to address them.
Beles Abebe, a rising senior from Holly Springs, NC, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Chemistry and Global Health, enjoys taking photographs of loved ones and nature, adores children and working with them, and is interested in research pertaining to social determinants of health and addressing healthcare disparities.
Kristin Ankoma-Sey is a rising junior from Houston, TX, majoring in Cultural Anthropology who hopes to pursue a career as a physician. She currently conducts research in the Willis lab about mimulus guttatus and has previously conducted research about electronic medical records. Some of her hobbies include reading, travelling, and gardening.
Hey there, my name is Karam, and I am a rising sophomore from Toronto, Canada. As a prospective double major in both Economics and Computer Science, I have a combined interest in the intersection of social sciences and STEM. My enthusiasm for emerging technologies and exploring their ethical implications has manifested into several passion projects and entrepreneurial endeavours in recent years, including working at a tech startup called Surf. At Duke, I am involved in pre-professional organizations in consulting, law, and investing, Ethical Tech, and DAPPS.
Elizabeth is a rising junior majoring in Computer Science with a certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. She has software engineering and product management experience from a variety of academic and professional projects and is broadly interested in the topics of data privacy, algorithm bias, and tech for social good. This summer she will be working at Zoom as product management intern. On campus, she is the Vice President of Hack DTech, a Duke Technology Scholar, a product manager within Duke Applied Machine Learning, and involved with the Duke Women in Technology program and FEMMES. In her free time, Elizabeth can be found spending time outdoors, traveling, and trying new foods.
Connor Blue is a junior Psychology major with minors in Chemistry and German from Denver, CO. He does research on how creativity intersects with organic chemistry and aspires to a career in international medical relief.
Ethan Bott, a fourth year Psychology major from Soldotna, AK, is most passionate about issues of substance use/addiction, healthcare inequalities, and education reform, and he currently conducts research on Pompe disease. In his free time, Ethan enjoys exercising, watching sports, and spending time with his friends and family.
Sara Ann is a rising junior majoring in Computer Science and Public Policy. Her academic focus is tech policy, particularly data privacy legislation and antitrust enforcement. On campus, she is a co-founder of Tech for Equity, a student-run initiative that connects students with technical abilities with nonprofits they can assist, and a member of DTech and Women in Technology. She also is a research assistant for Professor David Hoffman, investigating data privacy legislation internationally as part of the Platform Accountability project.
Michael Cao is from Scotch Plains, New Jersey. He enjoys learning about normative ethics and its application to applied ethical problems concerning Duke, Durham, and beyond. He believes the life of the mind should be just about action as it is thought. In his free time, he likes to read pop philosophy, play basketball, and listen to Kacey Musgraves on repeat.
Tenzin Choeyang is a Tibetan born and raised in Dharamsala, India. She is an alumnus of UWC Atlantic College, Wales, UK. Her academic and personal interests lie in the intersection of environment, health, and social impact. At Duke, Tenzin is the President of Duke Machik Chapter, Vice President of DEI at Duke International Association, Social Impact Analyst at Duke Innovation Studio, and a former SRT / Bass Connection student researcher with DGHI. She also works as a student assistant at the Duke President's office. She enjoys cooking, exploring Durham, and listening to R&B/Soul. Ultimately, Tenzin aspires to work at an international organization where her interests intersect and hopes to contribute to the world at large.
Tessa Delgo is a second-year student from Dunedin, Florida. She intends on double majoring in Psychology and Cultural Anthropology. At Duke, she is an editor for the Recess, the Arts & Culture section of The Chronicle, and works with the Community Empowerment Fund.
Abigail Eun is an incoming sophomore at Duke University from Los Angeles, California. She is planning to double-major in Computer Science and Public Policy with a certificate in Policy Journalism and Media Studies. Eun is interested in the ethical and moral applications of technology in healthcare, education, and politics. At Duke, she is a board member for the Chronicle's Community Editorial Board, a research assistant for Ethical Tech, and a volunteer for GANO.
Allison Falls is a first-year student from Richlands, North Carolina, intending to major in Biology. She is passionate about the cross-section of medicine and racial justice. She is involved with Duke LIFE, the Cardea Fellows Program for students pursuing a health-related career, and Camp Kesem, a group that supports children through and beyond their parent's cancer.
Manon Fuchs is a sophomore from New York City. She is considering a double major in Russian and Public Policy. Outside of her studies, she enjoys taking walks in the Gardens and watching movies with friends.
Melody Gao is a junior from Folsom, CA. She is majoring in History with a concentration in American history and minors in Chemistry and Spanish. She loves visiting history museums and historic sites, volunteering with the elderly, and practicing Taekwondo.
Kushagra Ghosh is a rising junior studying Computer Science in Duke Trinity College. Through his many years of community service teaching programming and senior citizen tech skill classes in his local communities, he has developed a love for sharing the wonders of technology with as many people as possible. He is very interested in understanding the ethical and social implications of software development based on the ACM Code of Ethics. In the future, he is striving to utilize programming and mathematical skills to pursue a career in technology.
Eric Gim is a current sophomore from Fullerton, California. He is intending to major in Economics with a Concentration in Finance, with a double minor in Political Science and Korean. He's passionate about the intersection between racial and economic inequality—especially in its role in influencing access to educational opportunities for marginalized communities. At Duke, Eric is an intern with the Nasher Museum of Art as well as a representative in Quad Council.
Sonia Green is a freshman from Durham, North Carolina who is interested in having ethical conversations with peers on campus. She enjoys hearing what others have to say and finding unique ways to connect to the person behind the opinion.
Stephanie Green is a rising senior studying Public Policy and Global Health from Metro Detroit, MI. She’s an avid Michigan fan, does child policy research, and is working toward a career as a child psychiatrist. She’s also a vegetarian foodie, traveler, and Disney enthusiast.
Rebecca He, a rising junior from AZ double majoring in biology and visual arts, loves to drink boba (bubble) milk tea. Her passion is to establish medical clinics around the globe to provide quality healthcare and to demonstrate the love of Christ. She also loves playing tennis, music, and advocating that pineapple is the BEST topping on pizza.
I’m Aphelion (Aphe) Astrachan, a sophomore majoring in philosophy and computer science. I’m interested in exploring a predominately two-level utilitarian approach to ethics in technology, as well as the implementation of Bayesian nets and Markov chains to create ethical decision-making operations. In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, watching bad movies with my friends, listening to a LOT of music, and reading manga and philosophy (Some of my favorites are Baudrillard, Camus, and I’m getting more into D+G).
Saagar Jain, a senior Biology major, is from Fort Lauderdale, FL. He enjoys playing basketball, traveling, trying new food, and playing with his dogs. He is involved in neurobiology research at Duke and is interested in the role of technology in healthcare.
Sabhyata Jha is a rising senior majoring in Data Science dual-enrolled at Duke University and Duke Kunshan University. Born and raised in Nepal, her interests lie in designing products and models that facilitate information access for technology use. She is particularly keen on dissecting the ethics and interpretability of big data and algorithms from a technological design perspective. She is involved with Ethical Tech Club at Duke, the South Asian Dance group Duke Lasya, and is a Student Ambassador at Duke Kunshan University. In her free time, she enjoys hosting sit-down dinners, watching stand-up comedy, and dancing.
Riya is a rising sophomore from Morrisville, North Carolina pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Economics. She is passionate about using technology to make an impact for social good, especially through education, which is why learning about the ethics of technology is exciting for her this summer! Outside of class, she looks to explore the intersection of technology with other fields through experiential opportunities such as Duke’s Impact Investing Group and Women in Tech. In her free time, Riya loves traveling, painting, and hiking.
Danielle Kapustin is a senior (philosophy major; biology & chemistry minors) from Charlotte, NC, pursuing a career in medicine. She loves group exercise classes, collaborative brainstorming, crafting, thin mint ice cream from the Parlour, philosophizing about her life purpose (for better or worse!), and spending time with friends and family.
Minjee Kim is a first-year from Seoul, South Korea majoring in Public Policy. She became involved with Kenan through their FOCUS program and the Team Kenan Fellowship. At Duke, she is also involved in Mock Trial and the Korean Undergraduate Students Association. When she’s not working or studying, you can find her listening to podcasts, crocheting bags, or rewatching The Good Place.
I'm a rising sophomore from West Windsor, New Jersey studying Computer Science and Economics. Outside of classes, I work as an engineer for the Blockchain Lab at Duke and as a software developer for a local tech health startup dedicated to improving medical diagnoses. After graduating, I plan to pursue a career in product management or venture capital in the blockchain sphere in order to help this emerging realm of technology innovate ethically.
Ishaan Kumar is a rising senior from London, England, majoring in Philosophy, with a Chemistry Minor and a Science and Society Certificate. He works as the technical manager for Bluesmith, the home of medical 3D printing at Duke, and volunteers at the Community Empowerment Fund, a local Durham non-profit. He likes jazz and citrus fruit.
Gianni Lacey-Howard, a junior Sociology major from Durham, NC, is working toward a career in community or family medicine. She is a QuestBridge Scholar, B.N. Duke Scholar, Cardea Fellow, and a member of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc. Her hobbies include beading jewelry, dancing, painting, and exploring new foods.
Michael Larbie is a junior Biomedical Engineering major originally from Ghana, now from Matthews, NC. He is passionate about football, prosthetics, and global health, and hopes to help close the gaps in healthcare available to people across the US and around the world.
Evan Liu, a rising senior studying biology from Honolulu, HI, researches couples communication and racial implicit bias in healthcare, loves exploring cities’ food scenes, and is an avid basketball, football, and tennis fan. When not on Zoom, he is hiking, attempting to cook, playing spikeball, or sleeping on the beach.
Jenny Liu is a senior from College Station, TX, majoring in Neuroscience. She studies adolescent ethanol exposure in the Swartzwelder Lab, is happiest hiking in the mountains, and dabbles in playing the piano and guitar. She has become quite good at embroidery since the pandemic.
Lucas Lynn is a senior from Wetumpka, Alabama majoring in Computer Science and Cultural Anthropology with a certificate in Ethics & Society. When not doing homework, you can find him at every basketball game playing mellophone in the pep band.
Gargi Mahadeshwar is a rising junior majoring in Computer Science. She is interested in the application of computer science to social good. This summer, she will be a Civic Digital Software Engineering Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. At Duke, she is the co-chair of the Human Rights Student Advisory Board, the Vice President of Community Development of DTech, and works at the Duke Human Rights Center. In her free time, she dances on the Duke Raas Team.
Mauro Mastrapasqua is a first-year student and is excited to be a part Team Kenan. He is from Nashville and is planning to major in physics at Duke. Outside of classes, he plays piano in the jazz ensemble and is also involved with Project Wild. In his free time, he likes to go for runs around East Campus and jam with friends.
Kyle Melatti is a Trinity senior from Las Vegas, Nevada who is pursuing double majors in Public Policy and Political Science. He is a first-generation American with Brazilian heritage. At Duke, he serves as Co-Chair of the Program in American Grand Strategy and as President of Duke Students for Education Reform. He additionally serves as Head Politics Editor for the Journal in PPE and as a PEP Fellow for the Hart Leadership Program. This past summer, he interned for the U.S. Government Accountability Office. His favorite hobbies are chess and watching Formula 1.
Matt Mohn is a first-year student from Houston, TX intending to major in Public Policy with a certificate in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He is passionate about the ways that people’s lived experiences shape the way that communities vote and evolve. At home in Texas, he contributes to anti-gerrymandering campaigns but on campus he is a member of DIRA and Duke Debate.
David Moon is a junior majoring in biology. Born in South Korea and raised in Boston, he is currently researching cancer biology and enjoys playing golf and listening to music. In the future, he hopes to become a physician-scientist in oncology.
Jack Mulcrone, a rising junior Philosophy major from Vernon Hills, IL, is passionate about Chipotle, his two dogs, and a future career as a urologist. His hobbies include photographing abandoned buildings, playing basketball and tennis, and reading true ghost stories. He has recently discovered a love for Il Forno at WU.
Jeremy Carballo Pineda is a senior double majoring in political science and public policy. After graduating, he will work as a consultant assisting higher education institutions. After consulting, Jeremy hopes to attend law school and enter politics to help the communities he came from. In his free time, he likes to write for IndyWeek and wonder what MF Doom looks like without his mask.
Swetha Rajagopal is a second-year student from Chandler, Arizona, who intends to double major in Biology and Global Health. She is passionate about delving into the issues of racial injustice present within the areas of housing, education, and healthcare. At Duke, Swetha is a DSG Senator on the Durham and Community Affairs Committee, and she was previously a Kenan Ethics in Place Fellow, in which she worked to expand access to healthcare for undocumented immigrants in Arizona.
Sibani Ram is a junior from Dubuque, Iowa majoring in Evolutionary Anthropology with a concentration in Human Biology while minoring in English and Chemistry. She is deeply interested in clinical research, creative writing, and ethical decision-making in medicine. In her free time, Sibani enjoys discovering inspiring books/journalistic articles, convincing herself to go on short runs at the Wilson gym, and re-listening to her favorite songs from Indian cinema.
Anisha Reddy is a first-year student from Charlotte, North Carolina. She's planning to major in Public Policy with a minor in Sociology. She's passionate about community organizing and grassroots voter outreach efforts, as well as reforming our criminal justice system. At Duke, Anisha is a staff reporter for The Chronicle and a member of the Duke International Relations Association.
Olivia Santos is a rising junior from Atlanta, GA, studying Evolutionary Anthropology and Religious Studies. She is passionate about reproductive justice and is working towards a career in women’s health. In her free time, she enjoys baking, playing music, and reading stories about women.
My name is Micah Schulman, and I am a freshman at Duke University from California, currently pursuing a major in Public Policy with a minor in Computer Science. I have been very interested in technology from a young age, but recently my interests have shifted more towards the intersection between ethics and technology. I am very excited about being able to participate in the Re-Imagining Tech Fellowship this summer!
Ashley Shaaf is a first-year student from Hillsdale, New Jersey. She intends to major in Computer Science and minor in Medical Sociology. She is passionate about strengthening STEM education in underrepresented communities and closing the racial and gender gap within the field of Computer Science. At Duke, Ashley is a member of the SPIRE Fellows and Women in Tech.
I, Andrew Shaffer, grew up in NYC then moved out to Connecticut in 5th grade. A few interesting details that further describe who I am are that I have a twin sister, when I was 12 I fractured my skull and needed an immediate craniotomy, I am incredibly passionate about Classical civilizations/language, and I am leaning towards a CompSci major, but still not 100%.
Quinn Smith is a second-year student majoring in public policy from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is a member of the Chickasaw Nation. Aspiring to create change through storytelling, Quinn grapples with telling hard truths concerning Native American history, existence, and identity. His current project with Duke Gardens will transform the popular attraction into a space that tells indigenous stories. Quinn is a documentarian, filmmaker, writer for The Wellian Magazine, and violinist in the Duke Symphony.
Zoe Spicer is a freshman from Charlotte, North Carolina. She is in the Ethics, Leadership, and Global Citizenship FOCUS cluster and is involved in Duke Debate, AGS, and DBS. She loves to read, spend time with friends, sleep, and eat Asian food. She is very excited to be part of Team Kenan!
Joyce is a junior double majoring in computer science and public policy. She is interested in harvesting the power of big data and technology to promote equality and sustainable development. In her free time, she loves travelling, cooking, or sitting in a cafe.
Cassandra Zia Claros is a rising junior from the Philippines studying Computation and Design with a Track in Social Policy, an interdisciplinary major at Duke Kunshan University. She hopes to be involved in public policy and decision-making in an increasingly digital world that relies on technology. Zia is currently involved in DKU's U-Corp Lab, where she is working on a marketing strategy for Meta-Inculand, a Chinese company that creates advertising in innovative technologies such as NFT's and the metaverse, and in Duke Pamilya, Duke University's Filipino student association. She loves fashion, looking for new artists to listen to on Spotify, and oil painting.